Monday, March 23, 2009


These sweet things came from dear Emily, of Ravenhill. She has a shop also, and is the maker of all things gorgeous. Can you believe this sweet spring-like bird fabric? It's so super. I am thinking of a single valance for the window next to my bed...just a little border of something around this rectangle, and hanging it where I can see it often. And watch how the light plays through it. Thank you for your kindness, Emily! Just a lovely spring boost of blogland friendship from afar. Inspired as we were from our Saturday Art at the Library, our Sunday morning included some art-making at home, working on those pages we began and gesso-ing more paper.
Jonas's painted page, see all that cool texture? It's from the Flexible Modelling Paste.
Sylvan's house with Red Truck in garage.
Homage to a Good Red Chicken
These last two come from an idea I got from Totally Smitten Mama, where you (or your kids) use a permanent marker to first draw a simple design, then you add paint. (I should note that I prepped the pages with gesso on both sides.) The sense I got with her project was that the kid would do the drawing and the grown-up would paint it in, but Sylvan was not interested in that kind of collaboration. I was in charge of paint-mixing and brush cleaning. So I made my own.
Can we ever have a food-free post from Creative Endeavors in a Busy Life? you are asking.
Sunday Crepes with strawberry sauce and yogurt, and our own maple syrup.
Second batch of sourdough bread, this time with just under half of the flour as whole wheat.
The answer is no. I may be on the No-Carb Left Behind diet, hopefully only momentarily.

Finally, I have been given my very first blogging award from Skip the Chips! It's the Lemonade Award and apparently I show Attitude and/or Gratitude. Thanks, Peggy.

Here are the rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

2. Nominate blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude.
3. Link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link this post to the person from whom you received your award.

I hereby nominate (and this is very hard): A Sew Groovy Chick, Make it Smirk, Miss Smith at Home, Philigry, Tollipop, and Totally Smitten Mama.


  1. Thank you, Iris, for awarding me the Lemonade Award. I don't know what to say, really. Inspiration? That is YOU, my friend, for all you share in this delightful space, creative art in glorious endeavor!

    Peace out!

    Ana :)

  2. so sweet. thank you for nominating me! those crepes look so yummy! i will have to make some.

  3. Thank you for nominating me, how cool to be given an award! You are very generous yourself you know...I love all the stuff you share on your blog.

  4. Oh, thank you! It's so lovely to be recognized for something like this.

    And suddenly I have a taste for crepes and jam...